I'm sure I've posted some pictures of the this building before. It was a WPA project built in the 1930's and is the largest WPA project in the state. It was turned over to the state in 1936 and was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1986. All the stone and granite came from local quarries, and the timbers used in its construction came from each of Connecticut's state forests. I'm not sure if it gets much use these days though, but it is an impressive structure.
Adding to the colonial charm of Sharpe Hill Vineyards are these split rail fences. They are also known as worm fences or snake fences due the way they meander along. This type of fencing must have been pretty popular in early New England and Connecticut. They require a lot of lumber, something that was in plenty abundance in colonial times. They are also easy to assemble requiring no nails or posts. Anyone from Connecticut can tell you, that it's next to impossible to dig a post hole anywhere in this state without hitting a rock. Believe me, I've tried on a number of occasions.
The Mayflower II had been undergoing some repairs over the winter at Mystic Seaport. She left this past week, returning to the Plymouth Plantation as a main attraction there. She'll be back here in Mystic next fall to complete her repairs.